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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: 758–762

Photonic jets from resonantly excited transparent dielectric microspheres

Yuri E. Geints, Alexander A. Zemlyanov, and Ekaterina K. Panina  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 758-762 (2012)

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We report on the theoretical investigations of the near-field diffraction patterns from micrometer-sized spherical dielectric particles illuminated by a light wave upon the excitation of morphology-dependent resonances in the internal field. The specific spatial area, which constitutes the so-called photonic jet (PJ), is studied. The longitudinal and transverse dimensions of the PJ are calculated along with its peak intensity as a function of the distance from a particle. The numerical calculations show that at a resonance depending on its quality factor, the PJ can “stick” to the particle; its intensity can increase to a several orders of magnitude, and its width can decrease but mostly near the microsphere surface. The average length of the PJ remains nearly unchanged.

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(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

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Original Manuscript: November 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2012
Published: March 22, 2012

Yuri E. Geints, Alexander A. Zemlyanov, and Ekaterina K. Panina, "Photonic jets from resonantly excited transparent dielectric microspheres," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 758-762 (2012)

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